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Kurt Saupe was a wonderful father, husband, scientist, teacher and athlete. He passed away in June after a long battle with leukemia. It was Kurt's wish that something good come from his passing; he asked that we find a way to remember him by supporting the work of MOM.
The Kurt W. Saupe Foundation, Inc, is pleased to announce The Kurt, a sports and music festival to be held June 7-9, 2013 in Madison.
See how you can join in the fun now!
2012 Expanded Annual Report
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Canstruction Madison 2013
How does a moving rollercoaster, a replica of Big Ben, and 18 other hand-built structures help end hunger in western Dane County? When made from cans of food and packaged goods, the structures' building blocks will fill the shelves of one of the largest food pantries in Dane County.
Middleton Outreach Ministry hosted the third annual Canstruction® Madison, which in conjunction with a community wide food drive, raised 28 tons of food to feed area people in need. The event took place at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton.
Canstruction®Madison is a competition where community members come together to build incredible, highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food. After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry. Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays. Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders.
This year's winners include:
Most Nutritious Meal - Exact Sciences: Wash Away Hunger, a sandcastle built mostly with Baked Beans, and surrounded by waves, made with cans of Tuna. The structure also included rice, and cans of fruit and vegetables. Exact Sciences also won the award for most cans, with a structure that included 6,157 cans of food.
Best Use of Labels - WTS Paradigm: 1-Up Hunger, a structure of Mario wiping out hunger and saving the day.
Structural Ingenuity - CUNA Mutual Group: Wishing Away Hunger with MOM, a genie made mostly of tuna, on a red carpet.
Celebrity Award, presented by Gilbert Brown: Middleton Fire Company #1: Responding to Hunger, a firestation replica with a talking firedog.
Judges' Choice - Capitol Insurance Companies: Food FORE ALL, a classic windmill mini-golf hole, complete with moving blades.
People's Choice - Thinking Outside the Can: Roller-Canster, a rollercoaster structure with a moving belt and a can (representing the rollercoaster car) that sped it's way around the track.
Youth Award -Middleton E.L.I.T.E.: The Time to End Hunger is Now, a replica of Big Ben.
According to MOM, this event is more than just a friendly competition. "Each can is more than just a building block; each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community," says Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM. "We're thankful for the community members who made our third year such a huge success. Nearly 45% of the people we serve are children, which makes this fun event also vital to our community's well-being."
A New Home for MOM
The Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry moved to a larger location in order to better serve a growing number of clients and to make it easier for them to obtain needed services. The new location at 3502 Parmenter Street in Middleton is also home to the MOM office, which provides case management services as well as administrative support for the busy pantry and Clothing Center. Read more.
MOM is hiring!
Gilbert Brown joins Canstruction Madison as Celebrity Judge
Gilbert Brown, Former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion and founder of the Gilbert Brown Foundation will join Canstruction® Madison 2013 as this year's celebrity judge! The Gilbert Brown Foundation's mission is to service youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team building skills and promoting diversity in the community.
Al Ripp joins MOM
Al Ripp has been appointed as Middleton Outreach Ministry's (MOM) new Executive Director. Ripp comes to MOM with more than 20 years of success leading corporate initiatives. Read more on our blog.
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Record Food Pantry Use
The Wisconsin Division of Housing reported on Thursday that
according to a January count, homelessness in Dane County has
"substantially increased". With a large number of
people living in poverty, more people are on the edge of becoming
Middleton Outreach Ministry has also seen an increase in use of
services. MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end
hunger in the West Madison and Middleton areas, hit records for
numbers of households using the Food Pantry twice in the month of
May. A record number used the Food Pantry on Tuesday of this
week, serving 84 households in the short four hours that the pantry
was open. Clients took home around 4,250 pounds of food to
feed their hungry families. Since January of 2012, the pantry
has distributed over 60,000 pounds of food per month, with the only
exception being February, which was open less days. In 2011,
the food pantry distributed 56,000 per month, a dramatic increase
of 60% over 2010.
The need for eviction prevention funds and utility assistance
are also on the rise, with allocations being fully distributed
before each month's end.
"Families in this community are in great need. Often
people look around and say 'I don't see people on the streets - we
don't have a problem with homelessness and poverty in our area.'
What they aren't seeing are families who are scraping by,
living paycheck to paycheck, just one emergency away from not being
able to pay their rent or having food to put on the table," says
Kathy Hansen, Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry.
"It is organizations like MOM who are preventing homelessness
each and every day, trying to provide the resources that people who
are in dire situations need to stay in their homes."
At the beginning of 2010, Middleton Outreach Ministry changed
their Food Pantry model to allow people to visit the pantry as
often as they need instead of the previous limit of visiting once
every 30 days. The MOM Food Pantry is open more days per week
and more hours than any other pantry in Dane County. The MOM Food
Pantry is one of two pantries in Dane County to adopt the
"We've seen a lot less families coming to us in high-crisis mode
because they know we are open six days per week and they can come
as often as they need. While we can't solve every problem a
family may face, we do know we can take food insecurity off their
list" says Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager. "But the
need is rising at an alarming rate, so much that we've had to
institute policies to help us manage the flow of people through the
Pantry. We've also had to move produce to a tent outside to
help manage the amount of food that is distributed each day."